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April/June 2018, Volume 33, Issue 2;
Learn about this QI initiative to improve oropharyngeal dysphagia screening and reduce aspiration pneumonia rates on inpatient hospital medical units. Guided by a Plan-Do-Study-Act methodology, an interdisciplinary health team developed and implemented a systematic process for oropharyngeal dysphagia screening and management. As a result, use of the screening protocol increased, timely initiation of speech language pathology consultations increased, and aspiration pneumonia rates decreased. After watching this video, be sure to read the article.